January 23, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1124
Minnesota Duluth0000
Scoring Summary
112:58BSUPrapavessis, Matt (Harms, Brendan , Ward, Cory)
209:26BSUFitzgerald, Leo (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Prapavessis, Matt)
302:48BSUWindle, Sam (Marinaccio, Phillip )
309:30BSUBauman, Kyle
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUBitzer, Michael60:000028
UMDKasimir Kaskisuo60:004022
Statistical ComparisonBSUUMD
Shots on Goal2628
Power Plays1-50-5
Bitzer backstops BSU to 4-0 victory in North Star College Cup debut
Friday, January 23, 2015
Bitzer backstops BSU to 4-0 victory in North Star College Cup debut

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center) – Michael Bitzer made a career-high 28 saves and the Bemidji State University penalty-kill unit held No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth scoreless on five power-play opportunities en route to a 4-0 victory in the semifinal game of the North Star College Cup Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Friday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.

Eight different BSU players logged their name on the score sheet in the game, led by senior defender Matt Prapavessis, who netted the game-winning goal to go with an assist for his third multipoint game of the season. Leo Fitzgerald, Sam Windle and Kyle Bauman also scored goals for BSU.

The Beavers opened the game on their heels, but an early penalty to Justin Crandall supplied BSU with the spark it needed. Prapavessis netted his sixth goal of the season on passes from Brendan Harms and Cory Ward at the 12:58 mark of the first period.  And the Beavers didn’t look back.

Leo Fitzgerald put the Beavers up 2-0 at the 9:26 mark of the second period and BSU would get goals from Sam Windle (2:48) and Kyle Bauman (9:30) in the third period to punch its ticket to the championship game.

The Beavers, now 8-12-3 overall, advance to the 2015 North Star College Cup championship game and will face Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival and top-ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

Bemidji State notes:

  • The victory came in the Beavers’ debut in the North Star College Cup.
  • UMD still holds a 21-12-1 lead in the all-time series that got its start Feb. 8, 1948, however, BSU is BSU is 10-7-1 in the last 18 meetings with Minnesota Duluth and holds.
  • BSU owns a 2-0-0 record when facing UMD at Xcel Energy Center. BSU also defeated Minnesota Duluth, 3-2 (OT), in the quarterfinals of the 2011 WCHA Final Five.
  • The win marked BSU’s second shutout victory over UMD since the series began in 1948. The other took place Jan. 5, 2008, 2-0, in Bemidji.
  • Prapavessis netted his sixth goal of a season setting a new single-season high.
  • With a goal and an assist in the game, Prapavessis recorded his third multi-point effort of the season and the 12th of his career.
  • Windle’s first goal of the season marked the end of an 88-game scoring drought, dating back to Oct. 12, 2012.
  • BSU is 3-0-0 since 2011-12 when Sam Windle has scores a goal.
  • Michael Bitzer posted a career-high 28-saves en route to the third shutout of his collegiate career.
  • Since Dec. 12, Michael Bitzer is 4-2-1 in 422 minutes played with a .948 save percentage and 1.14 goals against average. He leads the nation with three shutouts during that span.
  • BSU is now 2-8-2 on the road this season.
  • Tonight’s victory marks BSU’s first win away form Sanford Center since a 5-1 win at North Dakota to open the season Oct. 10.
  • In his first action since sustaining an injury Dec. 6, Brendan Harms posted an assist Friday. He is tied for third on the team with eight assists despite missing the Beavers’ last six games.
  • Matt Prapavessis netted his team-leading ninth assist of the season.
  • Matt Prapavessis continues to be a catalyst for the BSU power-play unit. He leads the team with eight points (4g-4a) on the man advantage.
  • The BSU power-play unit was 1-for-5 Friday versus Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers are now 14-for-87 (.161) on the man advantage this season.
  • The BSU penalty-kill unit held the Bulldogs scoreless on all five of its power-play opportunities. BSU improves to 76-for-93 (.817) on the season.
  • BSU has now snuffed out 29 of its opponents’ last 32 power-play opportunities and the unit is .906 on the kill since Dec. 5.
  • Bemidji State is now 3-5-0 in nonconference play this season.
  • At Xcel Energy Center, BSU is now 2-1-0.
  • In three games at Xcel Energy Center, BSU is averaging 3.0 goals per game.
  • BSU is 2-8-0 versus nationally-ranked team since this season. It’s other victory came against then No. 2 North Dakota Oct. 10, 5-1.